O2 Academy Leeds is a Grade I listed Gothic building opened in 1885 as a concert venue. After being through a theatre, cinema and nightclub, it finally became an Academy in 2008. The facility offers you an unforgettable experience with its capacity of 2800 spread over the main auditorium and a balcony. Famous musicians such as Slayer
, Cher Lloyd, Deftones
, The Proclaimers
, Wolfmother, Anthrax
, and many others had their live shows hosted by the Academy.
The venue is located on 55 Cookridge St, Leeds LS2 3AW, and there are different ways of getting there:
By train and tube: Leeds is the closest station – a walk of around 10 minutes to reach the venue. After you exit the station turn right in search on Park Row. When you find the street head straight to the north (walk only on that street) until you reach the Academy.
By bus: you can get really close to the venue using numbers 5, 1, 28, 56 and 97. They all stop a couple of minutes away from the building.
By car: look for the Academy on the map to get directions and reach it. A58 motorway will lead you in the right direction.
International: take a rail from Woodlesford, Cottingley or Wakefield Westgate. Exit at Leeds and get to the venue by foot (directions shown above).
You can leave your car parked on the street, or you can check out the Woodhouse Lane and the Rose Bowl car parks for free spots. Both of them are accessible through lifts and automatic doors for the Blue Badgers. In front of the venue, impaired people can use two more park bays.
Accessibility for people with special needs
The Academy is ready to cover everything an individual could need. Guide dogs are accepted. Apart from the disabled park spots, the facility’s staff will welcome you and give you a hand if you face any discomfort. There are toilets for the impaired guests, as well as accessible seats and free companion tickets.